4 broken screws stuck in bowl! How do I remove them?

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Forum topic by metroplexchl posted 10-26-2017 12:31 AM 970 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2017 12:31 AM

I searched the archives for this but can’t seem to find any advice on how to remove broken screws out of a bowl I’m turning. After they broke off, I looked at the box and they are cheap chinese screws that I used in error to mount the screw plate to the bowl part of a padauk and brazilian rosewood bowl I’m turning. The rosewood is super dense and the main part of the bowl that the screws were put into.

Every one of those dang things broke off when I tried to remove them. I’m new to turning and assume that I cannot turn the bowl with them in there!

Any help from you more experienced lads and lasses would be appreciated. They’re only about an inch or less down into the 4 inches bowl form.

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#1 posted 10-26-2017 12:38 AM

Go to your local Rockler, or make your own:

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#2 posted 10-26-2017 12:39 AM

Dig ‘em out… dremel would be my choice, but there are a bunch of different ways to go about it, and the one Carloz posted above is a good example. Get enough removed so you can put some pliers or vice-grips on them to twist out. If that don’t work, then just keep digging. I’m guessing that since you were putting screws in there, it was going to be removed anyway (ie: it was a waste area).

I’m not a big fan of screwed on faceplates, but if you are going to use them, make sure you use good screws and certainly not anything like drywall screws. And I’ll pass along my favorite – use threaded glue blocks instead of screws. Solves a lot of problems associated with using faceplates, and the glue bond is stronger than the wood itself.


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#3 posted 10-26-2017 12:43 AM

File or grind a line in it to use a flat head screw diver. Then heat up the screw with a lighter or soldering iron. The screw will expand and then contract enough to make it come out very easy. This also works on stuck nails.

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#4 posted 10-26-2017 01:13 AM

Thank you all. This was my first bowl, and I was hoping to get it done by halloween with the orange padauk and black brazilian rosewood rim. Oh well, should’ve planned better on my first project…..lots of learning to do! I’ll put a UV protective finish on there, so the padauk won’t fade by next halloween.

I think I’ll go with the hollow drill bit and try the next bowl without a screw plate!

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#5 posted 10-26-2017 01:14 AM

Go to your local Rockler, or make your own:

- Carloz

Carloz what is that hollow drill bit called?

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#6 posted 10-26-2017 01:52 AM

If these are screwed into the base, you should be able to just part it off? Might have to reattach the face plate with new screws first. If screwed into the part of the bowl you are going hollow out, what I’ve done is use a Dremel to chew away just enough wood so I can grab the top of the screw with a tiny vise grip that I got from harbor freight and twist it out.

BTW, the tool above is called a screw extractor.

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